Walking in on a flooded basement is an all too familiar situation faced by many due to heavy rains and a subsequent failure of the sump pump. Flooded basements could prove to be life threatening, therefore exercising caution and taking immediate steps is an imperative.
Removing the water and drying out drenched belongings is a must as mould can grow rather quickly and further damage the property. Another essential step to be considered is calling your insurance company as soon as possible. Furthermore, to prevent and reduce any further damage, keep in mind the following steps:
The first step upon learning of a flooded basement is to ensure safety. In cases where the electronic devices and power points are submerged it may pose the risk of an electric shock. Caution while stepping in the water is therefore necessary. It’s all the more advisable to shut the supply of gas and electricity prior.
REMOVING THE STAGNATED WATER
Once it’s safe to enter the basement, removing the water is the next step. The quicker the basement dries out, the less damage to the property. This step could prevent mould and other allergens from growing. Wet and dry vacuums and submersible pumps can be used for de-flooding your basement. For speeding up the drying process, open basement windows and use fans and heaters.
After the water is drained out of the basement, discarding and drying of things drenched in water should be done. The humidity present in the walls and basement could increase mould growth which could result in permanent damage to your basement and health. To reduce humidity and sogginess, dehumidifiers and fans could prove fruitful.
ANALYZING THE CAUSE
After the necessary steps are taken, figuring out the reasons for the flooding and repairing faulty drainage pipes, pumps etc. is next. Professional help can be sought while finding the root cause as it could be cracks in the foundation or upgrading the model of the sump pump as per requirements. Professionals could help you analyze your unique situation better, as well as replace and upgrade the basement to prevent any future floods.
ASSESSING THE DAMAGE/PROFESSIONAL HELP
Once the professional team has reached your basement they can figure out what was the main problem for the flooding and can help you to fix that issue in short order. They may also be able to help you with estimated quotes for your insurance companies.
If you ever end up facing this type of problem, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 204-727-help (4357). Available 24 hours a day, you will never be left to deal with an emergency alone. emergency1 Property Rescue works closely with all the major insurance companies to help facilitate a seamless transition during your emergency.